Esperance man Darryl Scott has been named the Department of Parks and Wildlife Volunteer of the Year for his work as a campground host in Stokes National Park, near Esperance, and assisting in numerous projects in national parks in the region.
Environment Minister Albert Jacob presented Mr Scott with the honour today at the Department of Parks and Wildlife Volunteer of the Year and outstanding service awards.
"Darryl has been a long-serving campground host and has assisted with general maintenance, ecological surveys and many infrastructure projects, as well as volunteering as a runner during large bushfires," Mr Jacob said.
"Darryl has contributed almost 8,000 hours of service and his strong work ethic and positive attitude have made him an invaluable part of the Parks and Wildlife team on the south coast.
"These awards are an opportunity to publicly acknowledge the very important role volunteers play in the community, and their tireless and selfless work towards environmental conservation in this State.
"The 300 programs delivered by Parks and Wildlife that involve volunteers have varied and sometimes demanding tasks, but they are ultimately rewarding to anyone who takes the time to challenge themselves for a valuable purpose."
More than 5,000 Parks and Wildlife volunteers contributed more than 630,000 hours to the conservation and management of Western Australia's environment in 2015-16, a record for the department.
Nine outstanding service awards were also presented to volunteers for their work, dedication and commitment, and 25 volunteers were presented with certificates for long service.
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